In a published report the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) found that November is the month of the year when most workplace accidents occur. The same report indicates that Thursday is the most dangerous day of the week based on workplace injury claims.
The report indicates that Sundays, when fewer people are working in general, and April are the safest time for employees to work. Additionally, men are twice as likely as women to have a serious workplace accident accounting for 7 out of every 10 cases investigated.
So based on the stats you’ll want to be a women working every Sunday in April . . . correct?
Well, like every other statistic out there, these are a summation of a lot of specific injuries and workplace accidents. Let’s consider the probable links:
- Late week incidents are attributed to fatigue, dehydration, rushing to complete a task and loss of focus looking toward a weekend. Many late week injuries occur just before 3 day holiday weekends.
- November is when the seasons really start to change, colder weather sets in, daylight savings time changes our sleep patterns, the workday is compressed, a sense or urgency to get the job done before the holidays sets in, and its darker earlier and earlier.
- April is quite the opposite; it’s getting warmer, days are longer, more active outdoors in off hours, and the day time temps are more conducive for work.
No matter what the statistics and reasons may be; the bottom line is that it is YOU and ME who have the ability to ensure that we get home the same way we came to work today. Through our actions, safe behavior, and awareness, we can increase the odds in our favor to reduce injury and accidents.
Choosing the right tool for the job, Stretch & Flex before task, focusing on the task at hand, knowing the correct procedure, getting assistance when needed, speaking up & listen to our co-workers as well as keeping our minds on the task till the week is done. . . these are all opportunities we can take to increase our odds and not become next year’s statistic.
One final statistic from the report:
They found the following leading causes for incidents.
- Slips, trips and falls
- Fatigue & dehydration
- Inadequate planning & rushing
- Complacency & short cuts
- Poor manual lifting and handling of materials and tools
Does that surprise you? Let’s put focus and pride in our work and accept responsibility for each other’s safety.
“Stay Focused – No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.” Paulo Coelho author & playwright